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good evening and a good new week to you. we begin tonight with the tapes everyone is talking about, jacqueline kennedy, the world's most famous and mysterious first lady, the woman who we treated left behind 8 1/2 hours of audiotape recorded right after her husband's assassination. and tomorrow only on abc news a two-hour prime time event with video released to us by the kennedy family. the family also issuing a book about what she revealed. but tonight we begin with one headline from those tapes, mrs. kennedy talking about a moment of terror so many of us remember, the cuban missile crisis, 1962, soviet missiles so
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close to america and aimed right here. many historians argue it was as close as the world has come to nuclear war. >> and heaid -- >> reporter: to hear that sinin lal breathy voice as she takes us back to a moment in history when america was one chess move away from all-out nuclear war. enter tied by russian missiles. she hears the tense debate at the white house through a door. >> and i went up and eavesdropped. mcthnamara and i thought i must not listen and went away. but from then on it seemed like there was no way to sleep and don't know which day was which and i never left the house or the children when he came home, it was for sleep or for sleep i would sleep with him. i said please don't send me away
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to camp david. me and the children. please don't send me anywhere. if anything happens we'll stay here with you. even if it's in the bomb shelter, i said, i want to be on the lawn when it happens. i want to be with you and i want to die with you and the childree do too. we don't want to live without you. >> reporter: she is a witness to history who will end up making history herself. she also analyzes all the players on the white house stage like lyndon baines johnson. she makes it cleaea she always thought he had his own ambiguous agenda saying he was picked to be vice president primarily for votes in texas and to undo his mischievous power in the senate. >> if you had him up there with that enormous ego and so nobody was happy about it. everyone was even amazed he accepted. and i think well some other
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people can tell you about going down to his room and everything and i guess he was drunk. >> reporter: she says he was barely there. >> jack would say, you could never get an opinion out of him in any cabinet or national security meeting. he'd just say,y,ou know, that he agreed with them, with everyone or just keep really quiet. so lyndon as vice president didn't just do anything. >> reporter: but there's a skill to listening to any oral history and finding the truth. >> i mean bobby and lbj had this mortal hatred for one another. >> reporter: keep in mind her brother-in-law bobby is going to mount his own campaign for president. she and bobby kennedy trying to make sure johnson doesn't take credit for president kennedy's legacy. >> when something really crisis happens, that's when they are
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going to misis jack and people will think i'm bitter. >> reporter: she also bore the weight of a nation's grief after the assassination of her husband. at one point a 3-year-old john kennedy jr. is overheard wandering in and talking to the microphone held by historian arthur schlessinger. >> you went to the airport today? >> yes. >> did you like it? >> yes. >> john, what happened to your father? >> well, he's gone to heaven. >> he's gone to heaven. >> yes. >> do you remember him. >> yes. >> what do you remember? >> i don't remember anything. >> tonight we'll have more on the shy, private woman who found her voice and her power in the white house and, again, tomorrow night a two-hour special about so many things beginning at 9:00
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p.m. eastern and we hope to have you with us tomorrow night. and now we turn to a mysterious and worrying explosion at the nuclear waste plant in france where officials insist the situation was quickly brought under control after one person died in the blast. but with the meltdown of fukushima in japan so fresh in all our minds abc's nick watt says france is now looking for some answers. >> reporter: 11:45 in the morning the marcoule nuclear facility in southern france, a fire triggers an explosion near a furnace used to burn nuclear waste. one worker is killed. four others injured. one suffering from so swear burns is choppered to a nearby hospital. authorities suspect human error might be to blame. >> what makes engineers and physicists uneasy is the fact that there's a huge amount of nuclear waste stored at that site.
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>> reporter: the fire department seals the site. fears of radiation. is our worst nightmare occurring again? tonight there are no signs of a radiation leak and the fire was quickly contained. still the scare proves that six months after the disaster at fukushima and the tension over nuclear power remains high. today, fukushima is still spewing radiation. the 12-mile zone around the plant is a wasteland. 80,000 people still displaced. it could take years, if not decades, before they can return. most of japan's nuclear reactors remain shut down, just in case. but in france, 75% of the country's electricity still comes from nuclear power. in the united states, fukushima was seen as a wake-up call. still, six months later there have been no substantial safety changes made at the 104 nuclear reactors that dot the country.
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>> where's the beef? where are the actual upgrades being done and the answer is so far, nothing's been done. >> reporter: the exact cause of the explosion here in france is still unknown, but a french government scientist just told us with every incident like this, with every close call, there are lessons to be learned and improvements to be made. diane? >> thank you, nick watt, over tonight in france. and here at home the quest, the duel about getting americans back to work. today president obama sent that $447 billion jobs bill to congress and members of congress finally got to see the details. abc's jake tapper tells us what they saw. >> reporter: it's a jobs bill so hot off the presses the president's aides apparently did not have time to bind it. >> wewe, here it is. >> reporter: economists project gains from 1.2 million to 1.9 million jobs. the president was flanked by
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working people he said the people would help. >> this is the bill that congress needs to pass. no game, no politics, no delays. >> reporter: it's a $447 billion planan of papayroll tax cuts to increase consumer spending and employer hiring and government spending for infrastructure and to keep teachers on the job. the president's initial lly selling the built with visits to three battleground states. >> it is a campaign. the president is campaigning. for growth and jobs. >> reporter: but republicans and even some liberal commentators suggest his job is foremost among them. an impression reinforced by these tv ads that again started running before anyone could read the bill in question. >> and the people who sent -- >> reporter: from the beginning of this debate the president has said of the $447 billion bill -- >> it is fully paid for. everything in this bill will be paid for.
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>> reporter: how? with $467 billion in proposed tax hikes limiting tax deductions for americans who make more than $200,000 a year. raising taxes on hedge fund managers. taking away subsidies for oil and gas companies and write-offs for corporate jet owners. and, diane, house republicans said today those proposed tax increases were nonstarters and pointed out that even when democrats controlled congress, they opposed those measures. the white house said that the super committee in charge of coming up with more deficit reduction can come up with an alternative to pay for it if it wants. >> all right, jake tapper reporting from washington tonight. remember the watson the supercomputer turned superstar after he beat his human opponents on "jeopardy." well, watson is about to get down to serious business. the insurance giant wellpoint is going to start using watson to help diagnose and treat patients and more than 34 million of us
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could be affected. abc's david wright reports on man, medicine and machine. >> reporter: the heartbreaking worth dark. >> reporter: he's beating the best. poised to make crucial decisions about medical care. wellpoint's announcement marksk the first time the ibm supercomputer has s er gotten a real job. >> dr. watson has been studying for many mopses now and has gone through medical school, internship, residency. >> reporter: anyone who's been a patient knows the pit falls can put us in jeopardy. insurance companies may not pay claims. procedures can put people in the poor house and even the best doctors have been known to make mistakes. so is the obvious answer watson? watson can process 200 million pages of data in under 3 seconds giving even dr. house a run for his money. >> mri. if it's clean cut her open.
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>> reporter: watson may not need to order so many expensive tests. >> hate to see an insurance company use watson to deny a claim. >> reporter: but even on "jeopardy" watson has made mistakes like when the answer they were looking for was a type of loose-fitting dress. >> watson? >> what is chemise. >> no, sorry that is incorrect. >> reporter: some worry watson could become hal from "2001" n i'm sorry, dave. i'm afraid i want do that. >> reporter: wellpoint insists that won't happen. when the computer clocks in next year -- >> really dr. watson will serve as a consultant to physicians, not replacing physicians. >> reporter: he may be the smartest doctor in the world. but compassion and bedside manner may be a struggle even for a "jeopardy" champion. david wright, abc news, los angeles. and when 9/11 memorial was open to the public today, as we received word tonight from
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government officials that there is no additional evidence of a terror plot. no evidence yet that three individuals entered the country intending to use a vehicle as a bomb. as one official put it, we are getting close to a sigh of relief. still ahead on "world news" a health alert for women with a mily history of breast cancer. will they develop it a decade earlier than their mothers. how much the out burst on the court will cost serena williams. he looks harmless but does spongebob do something to a little child's brain? when your eyes are smiling... you're smiling. and when they're laughing... you're laughing. be kind to your eyes... with transitions lenses. transitions adapt to changing light
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and finally, he lives in a pineapple under the sea but tonight he's the center of a cartoon controversy, "spongebob squarepants" seems like a harmless distraction b b a new study in the journal "pediatrics" is raising questions about the effect on very young minds. abc's neal karlinsky has the story. ♪ who lives in a pineapple under the sea spongebob squarepants." >> reporter: he's one of the most popular kids shows ever but
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"spongebob squarepants" is only meant for kids over 6 and now researchers say it might actually be hurting younger kids. >> we e do know that at least immediately after watching such shows, 4-year-olds were compromised in their ability to think and to learn. >> reporter: the study isn't about whether neurotic characters like squidward are a bad influence but whether the pacing of the so is so fast that kids are too spun up to focus well after watching. take a look compared to another show in the study. cailoou. spongebob changed every seven seconds why caillou is slow. >> you're certainly acting the clown today. >> reporter: scenes can last 34 seconds and researchers say with good reason. we watched with an expert in child behavior today. >> i think it adds to the growing concern we may be overstimulating the developing brain. >> spongebob, will you keep it
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down? >> reporter: the show has its own researchers and they take issue with the study. >> spongebob is not designed to educate preschoolers. it's designed to entertain kids. >> spongebob runs ahead of patrick laughing. >> reporter: behind the scenes at the show lala year, the man with that famous laugh joked, you know you're not getting educational programming to begin with. >> those cartoons that are supposed to be good for your kids, boring. >> reporter: take it from spongebob himself. cartoons are entertainment but probably not the best way to prepare for a test. neal karlinsky, abc news, seattle. >> and we thank you for watching tonight. we're always on at don't forget "nightline" coming up later and our two-hour special event, jacqueline kennedy in her own words tomorrow night at 9 p.m. eastern. a remarkable two hours and we'll see you back here tomorrow.
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